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Gambia Press Union takes ATI and media self-regulation on road tour

This statement was originally published on on 9 February 2021. The Gambia Press Union, with support from the British Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is implementing a project aimed at strengthening ongoing efforts at building national consensus on Access to Information (ATI) and media self-regulation. The project seeks to address public misconceptions about

Why access to information is essential for democracy in Africa

This statement was originally published on on 17 February 2021. By Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn The importance of access to information in the electoral process and for democratic governance is documented in the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance, and other sub-regional treaties and standards. Without access to reliable information during the electoral process,

Serbia: Former mayor jailed for 2018 arson attack on journalist’s home

This statement was originally published on on 23 February 2021. In response to a Serbian court’s decision today sentencing former mayor Dragoljub Simonovic to more than four years in prison for ordering an arson attack on the home of journalist Milan Jovanović, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “It is welcome

Algeria: Policies silencing ‘Hirak’ activists must end

This statement was originally published on on 22 February 2021. On 18 February 2021, with the potential resumption of protests on the eve of the two-year anniversary of the “Hirak” pro-democracy protest movement, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a presidential pardon for at least thirty Hirak detainees. As of 21 February, thirty-eight prisoners of conscience were released according to the National

Spain should release rapper Pablo Hasél

This statement was originally published on on 22 February 2021. The Spanish authorities must immediately release Pablo Hasél and amend legislation that stifles freedom of expression, PEN International and PEN Català said today, as the rapper starts a nine-month prison sentence for his lyrics and tweets. On 16 February, riot police entered the University

Indonesia’s proposed online intermediary regulation may be the most repressive yet

This statement was originally published on on 16 February 2021. Indonesia is the latest government to propose a legal framework to coerce social media platforms, apps, and other online service providers to accept local jurisdiction over their content and users’ data policies and practices. And in many ways, its proposal is the most invasive

Concern over contempt ruling in “Malaysiakini” case

This statement was originally published on CIJ’s Facebook page on 19 February 2021. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is deeply alarmed over today’s Federal Court ruling that found news portal Malaysiakini guilty of contempt of court, and its implications for media freedom in Malaysia. Malaysiakini was also fined RM500,000, while its Editor-In-Chief, Steven Gan, was